The fancier names have the distinction of not having to be competitively
priced. Add to that you don't have to go to the store to have a broken
tool replaced, the rep comes to your work place, although you have to
wait a week. ;~) And these are top notch tools that with daily use may
never wear out.
And ultimately the guy selling you the top notch tools knows what he is
talking about, he has quite an investment too.
But for you and me just about any decent brand will do.
The Snap-On dealer who came by our shop would fight tooth and nail when
it came to warranty claims, always tried to blame the worker. Yes they
did break and under normal use.
Sears, on the other hand, never questioned, just replaced. Of course
that was in their prime, sadly those days are gone.
That's sad to hear, if true. Have rarely had an occasion to take a
Craftsman hand tool back but the few times I did, it was no questions
asked. Broke the tip on a large screw driver and worried about
explaining what happened (used it as a punch, not a pry bar, and it just
didn't like that<g>). Retail guy never asked, just walked me over to
the screwdrivers and handed me a replacement.
Socket sets are all Craftsman and are pushing 40 yrs old. No rust, all
work just fine. If only the damn sockets wouldn't keep walking off.
Found I was missing a couple of my 3/8" drive recently and priced
replacements. Damn! Then went to the Sears Appliance Outlet store when
I was in the neighborhood and picked up a complete set for $9.99, with
the high end laser etched size marks no less.
Yes all brands break and SnapOn has an exception clause. If it breads
because it was worn out it is not normally covered.
Well In most cases the Craftsman are used mostly by home owners and some
pro's. It is likely if a Craftsman breaks it is not worn out. SnapOn is
rarely bought by a homeowner that uses his tools occasionally.
HF has a gem or two in their toolboxes. One of the larger ones that
usually sells for around $380 or so is one of them. I've got two, one
under my little lathe. The drawers move easily and accurately and it's
good quality metal.
In either case, be sure to give them a few simple tests in the store.
Open the drawers or spin the ratchets and see how nicely they work. You
may not get the Craftsman warranty, but a life time warranty doesn't mean
anything if you don't get a servicable tool in return.
Aside: has anyone tried Kobalt's Lifetime Warranty? Do they require a
I have a Harbor Freight flare nut wrench that slips on various fittings.
So I figured I'd upgrade to Craftsman. Theirs slipped too. Finally I
bit the bullet and shelld out the 30 bucks for a Snap-On for the size I
most commonly encounter. It slips too.
On Monday, August 22, 2016 at 9:08:06 PM UTC-5, Leon wrote:
I have no doubt the top brand tools are top notch. But I only open my Craf
tsman tool box drawers about once a month. Not once a minute or hour. For
holding my tools in between semi annual usage or less, they do very well.
I am happy to have fine Craftsman tools. But most of them don't see the l
ight of day very much.
A friend has the bigger, wider, larger Milwaukee tool boxes. The kind you
bought except twice as tall and twice as wide and twice as deep. Craftsman
makes some huge tool boxes like it. Not sure where the big Milwaukee tool
boxes were made. But would guess not China. They are quality, as you des
cribed. I believe many years ago Made in Vietnam was common on stuff. Mad
e in Vietnam was the precursor to Made in China. Guessing the relevant siz
e of China made Vietnam disappear. I have several Craftsman tool boxes. D
rawers are not ball bearing so the big heavy drawers take a lot of effort t
o open. Otherwise nothing but good things to say about Craftsman tool boxe
s. If I was buying new I'd look at Home Depot and Lowes offerings on tool
boxes. As well as Craftsman. Lowes has their Kobalt brand in a pretty blu
On 8/21/2016 4:40 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Another one worth looking at is Stack-On. I believe that they have
several grades. I'm sure the roller cabinet, middle chest, top chest
and two wing cabinets that I've picked up over the years are not their
top end stuff, but they were price right and, after 30+ years for the
main unit, have held up fine. Bearings on the drawer slides, while not
high end, have worked just fine.
I don't give a rat's a** where they are made (Stack-On is made within 30
miles of me in Wauconda, IL) you can tell what you're getting with tool
boxes if you can look at them in the store.
What's truly amazing is that when I bought the individual pieces and
loaded them up, there was all kinds of room. The manufacturer's need to
Sanforize (anyone else remember that trademark) the damn things so they
don't shrink so much. Gotta keep buying more to house the same number
(I swear to SWMBO) of tools and "stuff."
On 8/21/2016 5:40 PM, email@example.com wrote:
I have a Kennedy Box (not ball bearing) , a 520
A HF $135 unit.
And a Husky top chest $75.
The Kennedy is the Rolls Royce of boxes, but I don't think it is that
much nicer than the HF. The slides on the kennedy do come apart nicely.
with the lift of the spring steel.
The HF don't.
Don't get me wrong, the quality of the Kennedy is great. But not enough
to warrant the 2x3 times the price for a single unit.
My Husky came dented. No big deal. Who really cares, it does what it
Well the Kennedy is a nice box but there are much better. I had a
Kennedy tool box many years ago. The Kennedy certainly delivers on value.
I guess you have not seen SnapOn pricing. :~) Kennedy has nothing on
SnapOn as far as pricing goes. While not the same size you can compare
to an equal sized Husky. The Snap On may be 20 times more expensive.
Yeah the dent does not affect the ability to use the box and my past
boxes have had dents.
BUT have we become conditioned to accept damaged goods. If I am going
to pay hundreds for a new box it is not going to have dents unless I put
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